A Simple & Delicious Homemade Corn Chips Recipe!

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Homemade Corn Chips Recipe

This homemade corn chips recipe is very simple to make and is easy to customize to your flavor preferences and diet restrictions like vegan and gluten-free.

When the weather gets cooler, I tend to stay inside more and watch tv. There’s nothing like curling up on the couch with a warm blanket and a good movie when it’s cold and raining outside. And warm drinks and snacks are a must! Corn chips are one of my favorites, but they have so much salt in them. And what about the corn? Most corn is GMO now. I know I can do better than that!

Sourcing Corn and Cornmeal

For this corn chips recipe we recommend using non-GMO ingredients. I’m lucky enough to work at an agricultural college that grows a lot of its own crops. Corn for the cattle is just one of the things we grow, and we only use heirloom varieties. My current favorite is Bloody Butcher. It’s field corn, as opposed to sweet corn which is used fresh, that is dried and ground into cornmeal. The color is a stunning dark red to burgundy. When it is ground, the cornmeal looks like it has burgundy specks in it, making a very pretty corn muffin or cornbread.

Heirloom Varieties of Corn

Obviously, you don’t have to use heirloom corn in this corn chip recipe, but you can if you want! There are many heirloom varieties of corn available. Some, like Glass Gem, which has pastel-colored corn kernels that are somewhat translucent and blue corn, which has ta dark blue to navy color. You can find these and more in many seed catalogs and online at places like Vitacost or Amazon.

Homemade Corn Chips Recipe

Homemade Corn Chips Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This homemade corn chips recipe is very simple to make and is easy to customize to your flavor preferences and diet restrictions like vegan and gluten-free.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Active Time
10 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Servings
2 people
Course
Snacks
Cuisines
American, Mexican
Estimated Cost
$1

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup cornmeal (straight cornmeal, not a mix)
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • enough water to make a paste

Instructions

  1. To begin making this corn chips recipe, first mix your cornmeal and flour together.
  2. Add the oil and mix well.
  3. Add enough water to make a paste, but keep it on the drier side and mix well.
  4. When the paste forms a dough, sprinkle some cornmeal on a cutting board and roll out the dough. Sprinkle the dough every so often to keep it from sticking. Roll out as thin as you like. I like mine a bit thicker so they will hold on to dips without breaking.
  5. Cut to the size you want and place it on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about 10-15 minutes at 375°F. Keep an eye on them as thinner chips can get done and burn much faster than thicker ones.

Nutrition:

Calories: 303.52kcal | Carbohydrates: 55.39g | Protein: 7.49g | Fat: 5.66g | Saturated Fat: 0.79g | Sodium: 2.7mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 6.03g | Sugar: 0.97g | Iron: 2.51mg
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Flavor Your Homemade Corn Chips

With this homemade corn chip recipe, you can make it to your own specifications. I like just a bit of salt in mine, especially when you don’t want the flavor of the chip to take over the dip. But if you like, flavoring them is simple too. Here are a few suggestions:

Ranch

Add a Tablespoon of ranch dressing mix to the dry ingredients.

Italian

Add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning mix to the dry ingredients, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before baking.

Mexican

To add a Mexican flavor to this corn chips recipe simply add a teaspoon of cumin and a half teaspoon chili powder to the dry ingredients.

Salt and pepper

Add a teaspoon (more or less, depending on taste) of salt and a few grinds of fresh ground pepper to the dry ingredients

Cinnamon Sugar

Add a teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and raw sugar to the dry ingredients, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before baking.

There is no end to the combinations you can use in this corn chips recipe so be creative and have fun!

Vegan and Gluten-Free Corn Chips

Going vegan? Most of these are vegan-friendly. You can substitute nutritional yeast for the cheese and it will taste similar.

Going gluten-free? Corn in its natural form is gluten-free, but some people with gluten intolerance seem to have problems with it. You may want to substitute something you know will be ok, like quinoa, flax or millet. Grind these like cornmeal and use the same way.

Do you have a favorite homemade corn chips recipe? Tell us about it!

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Debra Maslowski

About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon! Connect with Debra Maslowski on G+.

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Comments

    • Debra says

      I would try using gluten-free flour. I’ve seen Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Bob’s Red Mill, King Arthur and several more brands of gluten free flours. Some are blends or baking mixes and some are almond, coconut, tapioca, etc. Some are used 1:1 and sometimes you need to adjust your recipe. Coconut flour, for example, requires more liquid or you can sometimes use less flour. It depends on the recipe but you can find out how to do that on the internet. Sometimes it’s a learning process but they work well.

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